Whether you’re an aspiring music business professional, entrepreneur, or artist, the music business major provides you with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to succeed in the music industry. A broad collection of electives lets you personalize your coursework to fit your professional aspirations.

Once you have been accepted to Truman, an audition is required for acceptance into this major.

Career Paths


With coursework from a variety of academic departments, this major prepares you for a wide range of fields such as modern performance, arts management, entrepreneurship, and the commercial music industry. Some career options include:

  • Artist Manager
  • Booking Agent
  • Concert Promotor
  • Music Publisher
  • Music Venue Manager
  • Professional Performer

Featured Courses

Study topics that include types of work within the musical arts, musical entrepreneurship, copyright and royalties, contracts and fee structures, branding and promotion.
Learn how to use data analytics tools to solve business problems.
Learn about the methods and techniques of amplified music including the study of the design and operation of specific equipment such as loudspeakers, microphones, effects processors, and computer audio.
Explore the main means of creation of electronic music in the traditions of John Cage, Stockhausen and Brian Eno through the composition and production of four works of electronic music.
Study the language of music: basic materials, structures, and procedures of the art of sound.
Learn the terms, tools, and concepts basic to modern economic analysis.

Student Opportunities

saxophone player

Music Programs and Studios

Develop your skills in a variety of musical instruments and styles by participating in music programs and studios.

Truman Steel

Music Ensembles

Join ensembles ranging from choral groups to instrumental, jazz, and athletic groups.


Student Organizations

Get involved in organizations that allow you to explore your interests in both music and business. Organizations range from professional business fraternities to Pi Kappa Lambda, a music honor society.


Concerts, Recitals, Annual Music Events

Truman’s Music Department hosts several festivals, competitions, and recitals. Various music ensembles also perform throughout the year.